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Migrant Education Program

Program Services

*NOTE: This program is sponsored under the auspices of Title I, P.L. 103-382, Part C of the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 (IASA), enacted: October 20, 1994. This statute amends and extends the preceding Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), P.L. 100-297.

Migrant Education Program (MEP)

The Migrant Education Program (MEP) serves the vital purpose of guaranteeing that children of migrant workers have equal access to free, appropriate public education, including public preschool education, as provided to all other children. To fulfill this mission, the MEP collaborates with state and local education agencies to eliminate obstacles hindering the school enrollment, attendance, and achievement of migrant children. Specifically, the statutory goals of the Migrant Education Program are:

Special Programs Staff

(973) 405-6262

Mr. Rodrigue Israel

Program Coordinator x230

Ms. Atiya Trent

Program Liaison x255

Mrs. Crisaliz Soto

Migrant Recruiter x216

Student Eligibility

Children who are migrants & have had the basis for the MEP eligibility properly recorded may receive services. A child is eligible for MEP services if he or she:

Is younger than 22 (and has not graduated from high school or does not hold a high school equivalency certificate), but, if the child is too young to attend school-sponsored programs, is old enough to benefit from an organized instructional program;

Is a migrant agricultural worker or a migrant fisher OR has a parent, spouse, or guardian who is a migrant agricultural worker or a migrant fisher; 

Performs, or has a parent, spouse, or guardian who performs, qualifying agricultural or fishing employment as a principal means of livelihood;

Has moved within the preceding 36 months to obtain, or to accompany or join a parent, spouse, or guardian to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural of fishing work; 

Has moved from one school district to another.

Program Goals

The goals of the Migrant Education Program are:

The goals of the Migrant Education Program are:

To identify, recruit and enroll eligible migrant children in school and in the Migrant Education Program, immediately upon their arrival in New Jersey.

To assess the needs of the population in academic subject areas.

To design and implement a coordinated delivery system of programs and services that will enable migrant children to meet the same content and student performance standards that all children are expected to meet.

To involve school personnel and parents in the planning, operating and evaluating of the migrant education program and projects, including the establishment of local advisory councils.

To transfer student records and other information about migrant children on an interstate and intrastate basis.

To coordinate the Migrant Education Program with other programs and agencies that provides services for the population.

To provide the necessary health and other support services necessary for successful participation in instructional activities.

To provide necessary skills training and development to staff, parents and other appropriate persons.

To disseminate information regarding the education of migrant children to special audiences and to the general public.

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